Today my daughter and I harvested the onions I started from seed last February . I read that once the leaves fall down they’re ready to pick, but that they can be left in the ground until it freezes. I decided to pick mine because I want to plant fall crops in that space. From start to finish, it took 178 days to grow them. These are called Australian Brown onions and they’re supposed to store well over winter, so we’ll see.
I had purchased a packet of 300 seeds for $2.75. I didn’t count how many we harvested, but it’s enough for the year and then some. The water is from our well, and the electricity to run the well pump comes from our solar panel. I’d estimate $5 worth of mushroom compost was added to the soil in that bed, so we essentially grew a year’s worth of onions for $7.75.
The onions are currently spread out on my porch until they dry out a bit and I can braid them for storage. I read that can take a week or so, maybe more. I will keep you posted.
I’m not sure how long the onions will keep, but once they’re done curing, I’m going to braid them so they can be hung up and stored.
I will probably freeze some, and I plan to dehydrate some for soups and to make onion powder. I will also be using them in the salsa I will be canning once the tomatoes ripen all the way. 😋
Have you ever made french onion soup? I’ve never done it, but now I have to try.
I hope you’re enjoying these final summer days!